Apple unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max: Next-generation chips for unparalleled workflows

M2 Pro and M2 Max supercharge MacBook Pro and Mac mini with an improved CPU and GPU, up to 96 GB of central memory and breakthrough energy efficiency

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA — January 17, 2023 Apple today announced the M2 Pro and M2 Max, two next-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC) systems that further enhance the breakthrough energy efficiency of Apple silicon. M2 Pro, an extension of the M2 architecture, offers a CPU with up to 12 cores and a GPU with up to 19 cores and combines them with up to 32 GB of fast central memory. The M2 Max, on the other hand, further expands the capabilities of the M2 Pro with a GPU containing up to 38 cores, doubling the memory bandwidth and up to 96 GB of central memory. Its cutting-edge performance per watts makes it the world’s most powerful and economical chip for professional notebooks. Both chips also feature advanced, custom-designed technologies, including a faster 16-core Neural Engine and Apple’s powerful media engine. With the M2 Pro, the Mac mini delivers professional performance for the first time, while extending the revolutionary performance and capabilities of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro and M2 Max.

“Only Apple makes SoC systems like the M2 Pro and M2 Max. These chips offer stunning professional performance and industry-leading energy efficiency,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies. “With an even more powerful CPU and GPU, support for a larger central memory system and an advanced media engine, the M2 Pro and M2 Max prove how much progress we’ve made with Apple silicon.”

M2 Pro: Next-generation performance for professional workflows

Manufactured with second-generation 5-nanometer technology, the M2 Pro consists of 40 billion transistors – almost 20 percent more than the M1 Pro and double the M2. The M2 Pro supports central memory with a bandwidth of 200 GB/s – double that of the M2 – and up to 32 GB of fast central memory with minimal latency. The next-generation 10-core or 12-core CPU consists of up to eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. This enables 20 percent faster multi-thread performance than with the M1 Pro’s 10-core CPU. You can run heavy workloads faster than ever in apps like Adobe Photoshop, while compiling in Xcode is up to 2.5 times faster than the fastest MacBook Pro with an Intel chip.1

The M2 Pro’s GPU can be configured with up to 19 cores – three more than the M1 Pro’s GPU – and has a larger L2 cache. Graphics are up to 30 percent faster than the M1 Pro, dramatically increasing image processing performance and delivering console-quality gameplay.

M2 Max: The most powerful and energy-efficient chip for professional notebooks

With 67 billion transistors (10 billion more than the M1 Max and more than three times as many as the M2), the M2 Max further expands the performance and capabilities of Apple’s silicon. The central memory has a bandwidth of 400 GB/s; it’s twice as fast as the M2 Pro and four times as fast as the M2. In addition, the chip supports up to 96 GB of fast central memory. As a result, you can open even the largest files without delay and use multiple professional apps at the same time quickly and smoothly.

The M2 Max is equipped with the same next-generation 12-core CPU as the M2 Pro. The GPU with up to 38 cores is even more powerful and is combined with a larger L2 cache. The graphics are up to 30 percent faster than with the M1 Max. The new MacBook Pro with M2 Max not only has 96 GB of memory, but also makes it possible to work on graphically demanding projects that you can’t even open on competing systems.2 Whether you’re using visual effects, training machine learning models, or composing gigapixel images, MacBook Pro with M2 Max delivers incredible performance—even when unplugged. M2 Max is the world’s most powerful and energy-efficient chip for professional notebooks.

More options thanks to special technologies

The M2 Pro and M2 Max feature updated, custom-designed Apple technologies:

  • The M2 Pro and M2 Max feature Apple’s latest 16-core Neural Engine, capable of performing 15.8 trillion operations per second and up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation.
  • M2 Pro has an incredibly powerful and efficient media engine for, among other things, H.264, HEVC, ProRes video encoding and decoding with hardware acceleration. This means you can play multiple 4K and 8K ProRes video streams while using very little power. The M2 Max has two video encoding engines and two ProRes engines for up to two times faster video encoding than the M2 Pro.
  • Apple’s latest image signal processor delivers better image quality and uses computer videography in addition to the Neural Engine to improve the camera’s image quality.
  • A next-generation Secure Enclave is an important part of Apple’s best-in-class security.

macOS Ventura with M2 Pro and M2 Max

macOS is designed for Apple silicon. The combination of macOS Ventura and the leading new chips therefore results in breakthrough performance and productivity. Mac computers with Apple silicon have access to more than 15,000 built-in apps and plug-ins that take full advantage of the power of the various M chips.

macOS Ventura includes powerful new features such as Stage Manager, Continuity Camera and Handoff in FaceTime. Additionally, macOS Ventura includes major updates to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more. All these apps are more responsive and run efficiently on the M2 Pro and M2 Max.

Apple silicon and the environment

With the M2 Pro and M2 Max, the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini meet Apple’s high energy efficiency standards. Apple silicon is so energy efficient that the new MacBook Pro has the longest battery life of any Mac: up to 22 hours.3 As a result, you don’t need to charge it as often, and the MacBook Pro uses less power throughout its lifetime.

Apple’s own company is already CO2 neutral. The plan is now to reach zero emissions across the board by 2030, from production by our suppliers to the moment our products reach the end of their life cycle. This means that by then, every chip Apple makes will be 100 percent carbon neutral from design to production.

About Apple With the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, Apple revolutionized personal technology. Today, Apple leads the world with its innovative iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms (iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS) provide a seamless experience across all Apple devices and provide access to cutting-edge services such as the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are committed to making the world’s best products and leaving the world better than it was.

  1. Compared to previous generation 16-inch MacBook Pro systems with 2.4 GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, Radeon Pro 5600M graphics with 8 GB HBM2, 64 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD.
  2. Tests conducted by Apple in November and December 2022 with pre-production 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M2 Max, 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 96 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD, a production unit of a PC with an Intel Core i9- processor and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics with 24 GB GDDR6 and the latest version of Windows 11 Pro available at the time, and a production unit of a PC with an Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti graphics with 16 GB GDDR6 and latest version of Windows 11 Home available at that time. OTOY Octane X 2022.1 on pre-production 16-inch MacBook Pro and OTOY OctaneRender 2022.1 on Windows systems were tested with a scene requiring more than 40 GB of graphics memory to render. Tests have been performed on specific computer systems and represent approximate MacBook Pro performance.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in November and December 2022 using pre-production 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M2 Pro, 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD. The Apple TV app’s movie playback test measures battery life by playing 1080p HD content with screen brightness set to eight steps from the lowest setting. Battery life varies with configuration and usage. See apple.com/dk/batteries for more information.

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